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Public Interest Law

The Wayne Law Public Interest Law Fellowship (PILF) program was created in an effort to allow students additional opportunities to gain practical experience, ease financial stresses, and offer needed assistance to organizations providing legal services to underserved constituencies. Fellowship recipients, who will hold public interest jobs during the summer, will be selected by a committee consisting of Wayne Law faculty, staff, and students.

To be considered for a summer 2013 award, submit application materials to the Office of Career Services by March 22, 2013.

To support Wayne Public Interest Law Fellowships click here  for gift giving information.

2011 Wayne Law PILF Award Winners
  Kimberly Adams        Washtenaw County Office of the Public Defender
  Manuel Barragan Arenas              Illinois State Attorney's Juvenile Justice Bureau, Chicago              
  Matthew Clark Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project, and Environmental Law Clinic, Wayne State University Law School
  Julianne Cole Michigan Attorney General's Office, Civil Rights Division
  Zoila Del Castillo       WomensLaw.org, NY
  Bradley Dembs Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington DC
  Stephanie Karisny     Natural Resources Defense Council, Chicago
  Michael Kiehne Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Clinic
  Valentina Korkes Detroit Public Schools Office of the General Counsel
  Emily Patterson Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice   
  Victoria Suber Michigan Children's Law Center
  Natalia Vieira Santanna      Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Kalamazoo, MI
  Victor Walbridge Free Legal Aid Clinic, Detroit
 2010 Wayne Law PILF Award Winners
 Eric Berg              Wayne County Prosecutor - Preliminary Exam and Major Drug Unit
 Adam Clements City of Highland Park, Legal Department
 Bradley Dembs Michigan Legal Aid, Counsel & Advocacy Law Line
 Anupama Gokarn Free Legal Aid Clinic, Detroit
 Andrew Hoff Michigan Poverty Law Program
 Phyllis Jeden American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
 Jeffrey Kerby Michigan State Appellate Defender Office
 Elizabeth Kruman US Dept Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division,   Environmental Enforcement Section, Washington DC
 Natalia Santanna Legal Services of South Central Michigan
 Aisa Villarosa Michigan Children's Law Center

 Chelsea Zuzindlak                          

Asian American Justice Center, Washington, DC
 2009 Wayne Law PILF Winners
Kimberly Adams Salvation Army, William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, Detroit
Eric Berg                                         Attorney General of Michigan, Children and Youth Services Division
Lara Chelian American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
David Deeg Worker Rights Consortium, Washington, DC
Jason Dinsmore Environmental Law Clinic, Wayne State University Law School
Elisa Gomez Michigan State Appellate Defender Office
Laura Kubit Lakehore Legal Aid Counsel & Advocacy Law Line
Rita Subhedar National Housing Law Project, Washington, DC
Aisa Villarosa Michigan Poverty Law Program
Erica Washington Catholic Charities Legal Services, Washington, DC


International Public Interest Law

The International Public Interest Law Fellowships (IPILF) allow students to work for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in countries around the world during the summer after their first or second year at Wayne Law. NGOs have agreed to partner with Wayne Law and host our students as summer interns. The partner organizations engage in advocacy on a broad range of issues including human rights, environment, women’s rights, law reform and more. Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend to cover travel and living expenses for up to two months of work.

See the IPILF webpage for more information and application materials. 

Other Public Interest Law Resources

Wayne State University Law School Loan Repayment Scholarships

Students employed in Public Interest or Public Service Law may apply for a scholarship to pay up to $5,000 of student loan debt. Applications are accepted in the fall by the Wayne Law Dean of Students Office.

Loan Forgiveness Programs

Loan repayment assistance can come in the form of scholarships or loan forgiveness programs from a variety of sources. See our Loan Forgiveness Program webpage for more information.

Other Fellowship and Summer Scholarship Programs

We encourage you to consider all experiential opportunities for funding. Although the majority of fellowships are offered during the summer, there are a few that are available during other semesters, such as the Keith Center Post-9/11 Civil Rights Student Fellowship. See our Summer Scholarships & Fellowships webpage for more information. See our Other Reources webpage for Infomation on post graduate fellowships.